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Mission Ocean Microbiomes (Tara Microbiomes)

Tara Ocean Foundation (FTO)

Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean, Create a digital representation of the Ocean, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Expand the Global Ocean Observing System, Increase community resilience to ocean hazards, Project, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean, Sustainably feed the global population, Understand and beat marine pollution, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

The Mission Ocean Microbiomes is a five-year research and outreach initiative led by the Tara Ocean Foundation (FTO) on the microbiome, its services, and the impacts of climate change and the plastisphere based on the legacy of the Tara Oceans expedition (2009-2013).

It will be carried out through: The Mission Microbiomes expedition (2020-2022) in the South Atlantic with the H2020 European project AtlantECO and its 35 scientific partners, and in Chili, with the Mission CO2 Chile project co-led by the FTO and the Chilean government. (Stage 1) The scientific research conducted after the Mission (2022-2025) with the partner laboratories (Stage 2) Transversal advocacy and capacity building activities.

Start Date: 12/12/2020

End Date: 12/12/2025

This project is hosted by the Ocean Decade programme Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON)


Romain Troublé, Director General:;